REVIEW: Mamma Mia, East Street, Whitburn

Penne al Filletto - fillet steak with vegatables and chilli.
Penne al Filletto - fillet steak with vegatables and chilli.
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Tucked above The Jolly Sailor pub, it would be easy enough to miss Mamma Mia as you head through Whitburn.

But just a short distance away from the busy stretch of eateries in Seaburn, this Italian restaurant is quietly getting on with building up a following.

Mojito sorbet.

Mojito sorbet.

We’ve eaten here three or four times before, with Dad piping up every so often that the word at the golf club is it’s even better than it was.

So, with my brother home for the weekend and (yet another terrible) match giving us an excuse to head out for tea, we popped in – and the chatter on the fairway is right.

Every visit, the food trumps the last and the staff are just as friendly and efficient.

Drinks and a basket of warm bread soon arrived, followed by tasters of bruschetta, before our starters.

Bruschetta.

Bruschetta.

Mum and my brother Chris’s potato skins (£3.90) were huge heaps, while dad and I shared black pudding in peppercorn sauce (£5.90) from the specials menu.

Main courses also turned out to be hefty servings for me and mum. Her Pollo Milanese (£8.90) proved to be two large pieces of chicken breast, while my mammoth beef stroganoff filled the plate.

Most of mine was mushrooms, rather than an equal amount of steak, but the rich sauce made up for it, while Mum was defeated by her serving.

Dad and Chris both chose penne with fillet strips, chilli and vegetables (£9,90), again a special, and while their dishes weren’t as large, there was plenty.

Buccie de Patate - potato skins.

Buccie de Patate - potato skins.

Stuffed, in the name of fair reviewing, Dad and I chose a dessert, with no one given the chance to try his creme brulee before it was finished off, while my mojito sorbet, strong lime and mint hit was a good way to finish off. Our bill came to £70.10 and we visited during happy hour, which runs daily from 5pm to 
7pm.

This obviously isn’t the kind of place which attracts Instagrammers. Me snapping pictures for this review caused a bit of concern from the boss, who asked if I was taking photos because he was in trouble.

There really wasn’t cause to panic.

While the food might not be delicate or showy, it’s comfort eating and hearty and we felt so full, it was like Christmas had come early.

Pollo Milanese.

Pollo Milanese.

A note up during our visit said it would be closed from Monday and reopen from Tuesday, December 2, after a revamp.

Another excuse to go.

Fiona Thompson